When we first moved into our large studio, parts of the building dictated what they should be—the welding and metal cutting areas, woodworking, and big paint room. There is one room with a large gas line, so maybe someday maybe we'll put a forge in there. But for now, it's the TIKI BAR.
Inspired by a great swing club in San Francisco, the room is actually a combination Tiki Bar and Art Lounge. If you were ever in an art department at college, there was probably an Art Lounge furnished with funky furniture where art students could hang out, look at art magazines, shoot the breeze, and brain storm.
Our Tiki Bar is furnished with great retro items, my grandmother’s bowling trophy collection, a pool table, stereo, and a vintage “Sea Raider” (sink the submarine) game that has fun sound effects.
We made the bar for a Halloween party one year. Russ made the metal top and frame, and I finished the sides with fabric and bamboo from our garden. Dried bamboo covers the roof. I also made the mummy on the right along with some 30' striped snakes that are hanging around in the rafters.